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The Week contest: New Word - August 6, 2010
Create a new word that politicians of any party or philosophy would find useful
 
Palin campaigns in Iowa before the 2008 elections.
Palin campaigns in Iowa before the 2008 elections.
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Welcome to The Week's "What Next?" contest, an invitation to test your powers of imagination with challenges inspired by current events.

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Results: In light of Sarah Palin’s coining of "refudiate," we asked you to come up with a new word that politicians might find useful.

FIRST PRIZE: Sexplanation
Peggy Mills, San Francisco
 
SECOND PLACE: Mypartisanship
Russ Morton, Eagle River, AK
 
THIRD PLACE: Lobbislation
James Gaffney, St. Paul, MN
 
HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Fictorious
Stan Colona, Plano, TX
 
Obfoxcate
Ira Gunning, Penn Valley, CA
 
Hollyticians
Jacques Hadida, Carlsbad, CA
 
Graftsmanship
Kristin Borsenik, Northville, MI
 
Skimulus
Joe Butterworth, Clarkdale, AZ
 
Governmentally Ill
John Walsh, Conifer, CO
 
Cashtigate: To censure a fellow member of Congress for taking bribes you would have taken, if you had the chance
Susan Zivich, Munster, IN
 
Apolligize: To express regret for an action after seeing approval ratings tank
Jeffrey Contompasis, Ashburn, VA
 
Prevenge: To get them back before they get you
Ben Curtis, Glendale, CA
 
Sinnocent: Legally, if not morally, blameless
Patricia Burns, New York City
 
Campromise: The inability to carry out one’s campaign promises
Roxanne Perez, Twentynine Palms, CA
 
Promaffle: To promise, then waffle
Alan Stallings, Holladay, UT
 
Mediacracy: Government of the media, by the media, for the media
Bruce Brobman, Santa Cruz, CA
 
Misreprehensible: Taking opponents remarks out of context to make them look terrible
Bethany Wheeling, Finksburg, MD
 
Crimigrant: An undocumented immigrant
Ken M. Radziwanowski, East Windsor, NJ
 
Conswervative: A Republican who veers far right for political gain
Mary Nemnich, San Bernardino, CA
 
Telepalmter: The writing of talking points on one’s hand
Ashley Ryan, Catonsville, MD
 
Selectorate: Specific group of constituents to which a politician is pandering at the moment
Keith R. Patterson, Sanford, ME
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Dyslethics: Disability that impairs a public office holder’s ability to act ethically
Craig Vivian, Monmouth, IL
 
Misbedded: To have accidentally cheated on one’s spouse
Russ Witmer, Paris, IL

 

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